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What I Wore: Day to Night

28th August, 2018

There are pieces that I have in my wardrobe that are definitely more evening appropriate but that doesn’t mean that that should be their only purpose. Often looks that are for night events tend to be a little more expensive due to their style and construction, so to ensure that I’m able to make every fashion dollar stretch further I’ve taken to reworking them to be suitable for daywear. And it’s not at all hard or expensive to do.

One way I’ve been doing the night to day transformation recently is with the below Zimmermann top which is too pretty to relegate just for the evening so recently I’ve been teaming it with jeans to make it more suitable for casual wear. This is something that you can easily do with other pieces in your wardrobe. Often teaming something that’s a bit dressier with something more relaxed such as jeans can tone it down and make it appropriate for off duty style. I teamed this particular look back with a pair of slingback flats which are polished yet not too over the top for day and a mini crossbody bag. The end result was a laidback look but with just the right amount of polish.

If I were to wear the top at night though it’s a different story. In the evenings I tend to favour a look that’s a bit more feminine and formal. So in this instance I swapped the denim over for a midi skirt in a similar colour palette as the top. And switched out the casual crossbody bag for a structured clutch with a chain strap handle which definitely adds to the nighttime vibe. I’d also go for dressy heels and leave the flats at home. Overall what I was going for with this particular look was something that’s a little more sophisticated and dressed up, lifted up by chic accessories that have a modern feel.

I did the below transformations with just one top but you can do this with pretty much anything you’ve designated as ‘nighttime only’. All it takes is a few key choices that dial down it’s dressy feel for day, then swap it for elevated pairings at night and you’ve instantly got double the wear out of your wardrobe.

Credits: Daytime look: Top, Zimmermann; Jeans, Ksubi; Belt, Jimmy Choo; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Shoes, Dior; Clutch, Ralph Lauren; Evening look: Top and Skirt, Zimmermann; Clutch, Dior

Photography: Sophia Athas

The Daytime Look

The Evening Look

 

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How to elevate work wear

27th August, 2018

Good or bad, our office attire is often one of the major things that people use to judge us in the workplace. So it goes without saying that there’s no harm in looking the part with a sleek, polished wardrobe that screams professional.

When I used to work a nine-to-five job I was always looking for ways I could rework my looks without having to splurge on something new all the time, as working as a fashion editor, it was almost written into my job description that I had to look on trend. Even now with a more varied schedule that takes me from my desk to a function to a shoot on any given day, I still try to maintain a certain level of polish whilst still incorporating elements of what’s trending at the moment; and that requires having to think strategically about what’s worth investing in. That said, trust me when I say that you don’t have to spend a fortune on a complete revamp. It’s all about identifying the key pieces that will take your workwear next-level. Here are a few staples that I think can elevate any look whether you work in a corporate environment or a creative space…

Statement bag

It’s pretty much a given that you’ll always have a work bag with you so given how heavily it features in your office wardrobe it pays to go for something that’s chic and classic, with some detail that helps give it a little personality. I find a tote or a structured top handle bag is always a safe bet but you could also try a shoulder bag with a longer strap if you’re not one to carry a lot of things on a day to day basis. Look for extra details such as a gorgeous clasp or handle style, metal hardware or a textured finish. This is one thing I’d recommend looking to buy the best quality you can afford given how often you’re wearing it.

Quality blazer

You’re guaranteed to get so much use out of a blazer as you can pop it on over a dress, wear it with a shirt and a skirt or pair it with slim pants, so once again go for one that is a good quality. Black is always a good choice as it can pretty much work back with anything but if you want a touch of colour a beautiful navy is another sophisticated choice.

Statement shoe

It’s a good idea to have a pair of really amazing work shoes in your collection. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a pair of black pointed pumps. However if you want something a little different you could always try a slingback style for a shoe that’s on trend and guaranteed to get plenty of use.

Understated accessories

I’m all for bold accessories but work is one place where it’s a good idea to dial it down a notch. I don’t think you can go wrong with a pair of simple studs or a delicate necklace. If you’re a watch person, a beautiful timepiece is an outfit addition that will feel right at home in the workplace .

Quality staples

I don’t think you need to spend an absolute fortune on your work wardrobe but I would look to invest in the workhorses of your office looks. Pieces like a pair of black pants, a white button down shirt, an A-line or pencil skirt and a wool or cashmere sweater are all things that would be on high rotation so therefore it stands to reason that you’d invest a little more in them to ensure their longevity.

What are some of your favourite ways to elevate your work wardrobe?

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What I Wore: A True Classic

21st August, 2018

I’m a fan of trying new labels but I’m also loyal to enduring brands that produce classic pieces time and time again. A black suit has always been in style but the gorgeous tailoring of this jacket and pants by Brooks Brothers makes it a cut above. The tuxedo jacket is ideal for dressy events with the slim cut giving it a sophisticated and sexy feel whilst the pants are flattering and the ideal streamlined silhouette.

There are some styles that are the signature pieces of a brand and in Brooks Brothers case its their madras tie, non-iron shirt, navy blazer and the Oxford shirt I’m wearing below. In true testament to the longevity of a classic white shirt, the style was actually first released in 1900 and is still going strong today. Considering Brooks Brothers celebrated their 200th anniversary earlier this year it goes to show that when you get the design right, it can really last the test of time.

As the look was already so traditional I wanted to add a few modern touches punctuating the look. Small frame sunglasses add just the right amount of attitude whilst a bright pop of colour in the form of my Espie Roche bag added a little sunshine to my monochrome ensemble.

Credits: Jacket, Brooks Brothers; Pants, Brooks Brothers; Shirt, Brooks Brothers; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Clutch, Espie Roche

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Brooks Brothers

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What I Wore: Nine to Five

7th August, 2018

I’ve talked about my love of suiting before and it shows no signs of waning. I’m really starting to appreciate the appeal of a great suit. It really does impart a sense of confidence with its ‘I mean business’ vibe and it always looks polished no matter the occasion. Whilst I’ve been wearing pants suits a lot, I decided to change it up a little with this jacket and skirt by Camilla and Marc. It takes the traditional office suit and modernises it with the statement buttons on both pieces and the cinched in, double breasted style blazer. The mini also makes it look less corporate and a little more on trend whilst the white tee is a slightly more relaxed alternative to a button down shirt.

To help ground the outfit I chose to pair it with my favourite Balenciaga sock boots. I felt heels would be a little too delicate in this instance so opted for ankle boots help toughen up the look a little and give it a more fashion forward feel.

In keeping with the classic feel of this ensemble I chose to pair it with an oldie but a goodie—my black Chanel bag. It’s the kind of piece that’s been so great to have with my wardrobe as it can work back with virtually everything I own and really elevates any outfit. My Poppy Lissiman small frame sunglasses add a little edge and gives the whole look a truly modern feel.

Credits: Blazer, Camilla & Marc; Skirt, Camilla & Marc; Shirt, Uniqlo; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Bag, Chanel; Shoes, Balenciaga

Photography: Sophia Athas

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6 ways to wear a pleated skirt this week

4th August, 2018

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I’m quite fond of wearing skirts on days where I’m after a look that’s ultra feminine which is how I’ve stumbled across the versatility of a pleated skirt. They’re ultra wearable as they can be paired with so many different top styles whether it’s a t-shirt or a button down shirt or cami meaning you can create multiple looks out of one skirt.

A pleated skirt’s soft, floaty effect is offset by its crisp knife pleats which makes it ideal to dress up or down. It can be worn for a day at the office just as easily as a day out with the girls. A knee length or midi length skirt is flattering and can easily work back with heels, flats or sandals. This trend is understated and polished and is right on trend with this season’s feminine silhouettes.

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A pleated skirt in a fun vibrant hue can instantly give an outfit a striking point of difference. The bubble gum hue of this skirt works well with the more subdued colours of the rest of the outfit—the black crop top, bag, sunglasses and pointy pumps help balance the look.

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You can’t go wrong with anything in a crisp white – especially when you work it back with black. The Celine black trio bag and black textured top help add the finishing touches to this monochrome outfit.

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The more relaxed pleating on this skirt work well with the grid pattern and the grey hue. Adding a bright sunny yellow bag and block sandals give this 50s inspired look a modern edge.

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A pleated black skirt can be worn virtually a million and one ways. It’s a style staple. Team it with a crisp button down shirt and add a statement heel to take it from conservative to contemporary. You could also team it with a cami or a simple white tee and it would work equally as well.

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This is great outfit option for trans-seasonal dressing. Add a lightweight jumper and a pair of pumps for those days when the weather’s still slightly chilly. Working your skirt back with a top in the same tonal family helps give it a polished edge.

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You don’t always have to opt for a knee length or midi length skirt. A pleated maxi skirt in a neutral tone can work well as an alternative to a dress for an occasion that requires slightly more polish. Try adding interesting accessories such as a panama hat for more casual events.

Tell me—What do you think of the pleated skirt trend?

Photography: She Comes in Colours, Street Peeper, Just the Design, Pinterest, Clochet

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What I Wore: Bright and Bold

31st July, 2018

When you find statement pants this good how can you resist? I love the blue, white and red colour scheme of these Maggie Marilyn pants which is classic and vibrant whilst the striped pattern gives it some punch. Also vertical stripes elongate the body so bonus points for that!

I knew I wanted to work with one of the colours incorporated in the pants when it came to my top and this red tie-up cami also by Maggie Marilyn seemed the perfect pairing. I loved the sweet ribbon detail on the shoulder and the ruffle around the bust which help to give it a point of difference.

When your ensemble is so bold already I think it pays to keep your accessories quite streamlined and simple. My black Alaïa heels and helped to dress up the look whilst my Oroton navy bag with its chain shoulder strap and structure silhouette add a layer of understated simplicity, providing the perfect contrast to the colourful and strong vibe of the outfit.

Credits: Pants, Maggie Marilyn; Top, Maggie Marilyn; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Heels, Alaïa; Clutch, Oroton

Photography: Sophia Athas

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Who I’ve been turning to for fashion inspo

24th July, 2018

There are some days where I’m stuck for what to wear. So instead of staring at my closet for ages not really getting anywhere I tend to do what I’m sure a lot of you do—scroll through Instagram for a dose of outfit inspiration. And whilst a scrolling session does provide a ton of style ideas, I do like to reign it in a bit more and do a more targeted approach. This is why I have a few people I regularly turn to to help ignite a fashion idea or two. A quick peek at their accounts will always get the styling juices flowing and I’ll settle on a look before I know it.

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Olivia Palermo

Now you’d be hard pressed to look at an image of Olivia Palermo and not walk away having sorted your outfit out. The girl can do no wrong. I love how she experiments with colours and textures, often layering it all unexpectedly and still manages to pull it all together in a really cohesive, polished way. I’m sure I’m not the only one with a huge style crush on her.

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Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner manages to combine a runway sensibility with everyday practicality and make it work. She can be wearing jeans, a tee and sneakers one minute to a fierce, edgy evening look the next so she provides an endless source of fashion inspo.

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Nadia Fairfax

One of the reasons I love following my friends on Instagram is because I not only get to see what kind of exciting things they’re up to but I get a healthy injection of style inspo too. Nadia’s one such friend. I love that her style is a riot of bold bright colours worked back with feminine cuts and playful touches. Her style always brightens up my day.

Sara Crampton

If I’m after something sleek, understated and minimalist then Sara is the girl I turn to. Seeing her style always reminds me to pare it back and that less is more sometimes. Also the fact that she always sticks to the same colour palette always serves to be the perfect reminder to bring it back to basics, which more often than not works to when I’m experiencing a stying block.

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The Undone

Yes, it’s not technically a person but Sara’s online store, The Undone is basically her personified. I love the simple, streamlined styling of all the looks and the elevated accessories that are often showcased.

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Gigi Hadid

She has one of the most enviable wardrobes in the world so it’s no surprise that Gigi Hadid is also one of my style go-tos. Her street style looks are my favourite, especially her casual, New York City-inspired ensembles but I do love it when she dials up the glamour with a showstopping dress.

Who do you turn to when you’re in need of fashion inspiration?

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What I Wore: Dusty Rose

17th July, 2018

When the perfect colour just jumps out at you and you know you have to wear it… that’s exactly what happened when I saw this top and skirt by Maggie Marilyn. With the off-the-shoulder style taking centre stage the last few seasons this ruched top with its asymmetric neckline and butterfly sleeve seemed so fresh and different. It had a quiet understated polish that I really loved whilst still maintaining just a small hint of sexiness with a flash of skin. The skirt with its wrap detail helped give the outfit some depth, and added an element of drama that provided the perfect counterpoint to the ultra feminine feel of the top.

I really didn’t want to overshadow the rose hue of this ensemble so I made a point of keeping all my accessories in a neutral colour palette. My round frame sunglasses added a playful touch to the classic feel of the top and skirt. Meanwhile I knew I wanted to add a dramatic flair with my choice of shoes so it seemed fitting to incorporate my tie-up Aquazzura heels. They added just the right amount of edge to this look, helping to toughen up a look that’s sweet and soft. After all, my motto when it comes to how I dress is all about balance. That and when you see something in the perfect colour make sure you don’t pass it up.

Credits: Top and Skirt (not in store yet), Maggie Marilyn; Sunglasses, Chloe; Shoes, Aquazzura

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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What I Wore: Weekend Dressing

14th July, 2018

I savour weekends and love being able to stop and recharge my batteries. If I’m in off duty mode comfort is everything. On Saturday and Sunday my uniform usually comprises of jeans and sneakers however sometimes I just want to dial it up a notch and that’s when a beautiful dress is a great option. This shirt dress is one such example of an easy outfit that requires minimal styling. I don’t have to think about matching tops to bottoms and I can just focus on my accessories. The punchy print also makes it a fun option for a day of chilling out and spending time out in the sun.

When working with a statement print it’s always important for me to be able to strike the right balance. I want to incorporate strong accoutrements into my look without it being too overwhelming. In this instance my round frame sunglasses added a playful touch. I wanted something quite soft and textural to add to my ensemble and a round wicker bag with leather straps adds just the right on trend finishing touch.

Credits: Dress, Brooks Brothers; Sunglasses, Chloe; Bag, Country Road

Photography: Sophia Athas

 This post was produced in collaboration with Brooks Brothers

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What I Wore: On Track

10th July, 2018

The word tracksuit doesn’t immediately conjure up images of a chic ensemble suitable for your next event but it’s time to turn that notion on its head. Enter this gorgeous forest green set by Camilla & Marc. The pants and jacket both have a distinctly athletic vibe however both have a refined aesthetic that make them look appropriate for a slightly dressier occasion.

The key to dressing up something that’s quite sporty looking and making it work for a function is your accessories. In this instance, this tracksuit definitely called for a statement heel to elevate it. I have rediscovered these Aquazzura heels recently and couldn’t resist pairing them with this outfit. The snakeskin adds an edgy touch whilst the straps give them a strong focal point and provide the ideal contrast to the simplicity of the jacket and pants. A simple pair of classic sunglasses seemed the perfect choice so as not to overwhelm the look whilst I kept my jewellery to a minimum, sticking to a lone gold bangle to add an elegant finishing touch.

I love being able to push the boundaries as far as my outfits go and in this instance, taking something that seems at first to be quite casual and turning it into an unexpected go-to for dinner or a work party. I think fashion is always about experimentation, playing with trends and learning to put your own spin on outfits—even when it comes to the humble tracksuit!

Credits: Jacket, Camilla & Marc; Pants, Camilla & Marc; Sunglasses, Karen Walker; Heels, Aquazzura

Photography: Sophia Athas